The Leadership Project.
WHAT MAKES A GOOD LEADER?
We had a lesson on leadership. We played a game called who is the leader where one of us was assigned the leader in secret by Melanie and then the others had to guess who it was. Afterwards, we talked about what makes a good leader and Melanie wrote our ideas on the board.
WHAT LEADERSHIP SKILLS WOULD YOU LIKE TO DEVELOP?
I find it quite scary to be a leader as I am very nervous of talking to other people. Earlier this year I created a presentation for my Philosophy class. I started to give the presentation but got very nervous and had to stop. I made posters to help my class with revision but I didn’t talk to my classmates about the posters myself.
I would really like to get better at communicating with others. And I would like to be able to give a presentation or teach something.
Here are some things for me to work on:
- Being confident enough to speak in front of others
- Sharing my art as a way of starting conversations
- Helping other people to learn a skill
DESCRIBE YOUR LEADERSHIP PROJECT.
I had lots of ideas for the project. I wanted to teach a small drawing activity during Activity Week at school. This was a week of art activities run by students at the end of term. I asked my teachers if I could be one of the students. They said yes and I started planning. These are my ideas.
- Something interactive
- Maybe people could design a character for different settings such as fantasy, mainstream school and some type of formal setting such as a job or a wedding. This could help to think about developing a sense of character that is consistent regardless of the world they’re in.
- There could be three hats filled with things for a beginning, a middle and an end. You pick one thing from each hat and use it to make your own comic. You can add things and be creative as long as you use the prompts from the hats.
- Making something mundane into a personified cute girl. Ask what the first thing that comes to mind when you hear the word mundane and turn that into a cute girl. Alternatively, you could add what would make it interesting eg. Boris Johnson is mundane but if he had ram horns, orange skin and had a 1/9 chance of spitting out cleanly wrapped candy every time he said ‘build back better’ he would be more interesting.
- A comic about a particular emotion without saying what that emotion is. Encourages using methods such as colour, drawing, stories and poems as metaphors or allegories to convey a certain point.
- I teach you how to draw girls. This will help people to know how to draw girls.
- Pretend treasure house is a country or island or something and make a postcard of it. Maybe you could draw what you think our traditional clothing would look like, our national dish, flower etc
- You could even make a passport using illustration and craft techniques.
WHAT WILL YOUR ROLE IN THE PROJECT BE AND HOW WILL IT HELP YOU TO DEVELOP YOUR LEADERSHIP SKILLS?
I will lead the activity and sit with students while they complete it.
- I will need to make a big poster to advertise my activity.
- Depending on the activity I will need some printouts and handouts
- I will need paper and pens and pencils for everyone
This will develop my leadership skills because I will need to communicate with others and I will be sharing my skills and teaching others.
DO YOU NEED OTHERS TO HELP YOU WITH THE PROJECT? WHAT WILL THEIR ROLE BE?
- I may need a teacher, probably Melanie, to sit with me in case I get nervous during the activity
- I will need students to want to take part in the activity
- I would like someone to take photos of us doing the activity.